MICHAEL PEREZ RETURNS TO SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE PICTURE WITH SPLIT DECISION VICTORY OVER MARCELINO LOPEZ

Apr 21, 2017 0
MICHAEL PEREZ RETURNS TO SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE PICTURE WITH SPLIT DECISION VICTORY OVER MARCELINO LOPEZ IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN
 
RASHIDI ELLIS HOLDS ONTO IBF NORTH AMERICAN WELTERWEIGHT TITLE AND UNDEFEATED RECORD WITH HARD-FOUGHT MAJORITY DECISION OVER JOHN KARL SOSA
Left): Super lightweight contender Michael “The Artist” Perez poses after his split decision victory over Marcelino “Nino” Lopez on April 20, 2017 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

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Photo Credit: Emily Harney/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions Photos
 
LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2017) – Battling to stay in the super lightweight championship hunt, Michael “The Artist” Perez (25-2-2, 11 KOs) of Newark, NJ defeated tough Argentine Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (32-2-1, 17 KOs) by controversial split decision Thursday night in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Despite Lopez knocking Perez down in the 8th, the judges awarded Perez the victory in the 10-round fight with scores of 96-93, 97-92, 93-96.
“I won the fight for sure,” said Perez. “My plan was to go in and box him, and work him with my jab. I knew I won, but know I could’ve been better if I had more rest before. Next time I fight, I’m going to the best I can be.”
In the evenly matched 10-round co-main event Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (18-0, 12 KOs) of Boston, MA kept his undefeated record intact and returned home with his IBF North American Welterweight championship defeating Caguas, Puerto Rico’s John Karl Sosa (13-3, 6 KOs) by majority decision. The judges awarded Ellis the victory with scores of 95-95, 97-93, 97-93.
“In the fight, I worked on my jabs and punches the most,” said Ellis. “I’m happy with the decision, but I know my opponent got to me in a lot of the rounds. In the end, I gave it my all.”
“I was planning on going in to defeat him,” said Sosa. “My corner kept telling me to move, and I listened. I felt the fight was much closer than the judges scored it.”
Austin, Texas’ Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (11-0, 11 KOs) proudly — and quickly — announced his return to boxing after a lengthy hiatus, landing a devastating left hook body shot that knocked out opponent Juan “Burbuja” Jesus Rivera (28-18, 18 KOs) at 2:36 of the first round of a super welterweight contest that was scheduled for four to six rounds.
“I wasn’t going in for the knockout, I just wanted to get back in the ring and box him,” said Mazion. “I’m happy the knockout came, and I’m excited to be back.”
Returning to the fight game after a first-round loss last December, Eddie “E-boy” Gomez (20-2, 11 KOs) of The Bronx, New York earned a unanimous decision victory over Dennis “The Menace” Dauti (14-2, 7 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight fight. The judges awarded Gomez the victory with scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 79-73.
“I love fighting on the East Coast in front of all my family, friends and fans,” said Gomez. “In boxing, there are always ups and downs, but I’m just glad to be back and have the victory tonight.”
In his much anticipated return bout from his first defeat, Vyacheslav “Lionheart-Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (18-1, 15 KOs) of Los Angeles scored knockdowns in each of the first two rounds against Larry “Hitman” Pryor (10-15, 5 KOs), with the latter ending the fight at :54 seconds of the second round.
“Tonight, I was really excited to get in and fight,” said Shabranskyy. “I went in to win and to show everyone Chingonskyy is back and better than ever.”
Kicking off fight night, local Syracuse, New York fighter Jimmy Garcia (5-0, 3 KOs) retained his undefeated record, knocking out fellow light heavyweight Albert Tulley (0-1) of Governor, New York with a punishing body shot at the 1:46 mark of the first round.
“My plan was to go in there to box and win,” said Garica. “I did just that by outboxing him whenever he went at me. Every time I hit him, I hit back and it worked.”
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Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter Press Conference

Apr 21, 2017 0

Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter Press Conference Quotes & Photos

 

Former World Champions Meet in Welterweight World Title Eliminator That Headlines a Premier Boxing Champions Event, Saturday, April 22 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn & Live on SHOWTIME

 

 Photos from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

  Photos from Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

 

BROOKLYN (April 20, 2017) – Former world champions Andre Berto and Shawn Porter went face-to-face Thursday two days before they enter the ring for a world title eliminator showdown that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, this Saturday, April 22 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

Super welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo and top rated contender Charley Hatley and their camps exchanged heated words during Thursday’s press conference prior to their co-main event matchup live on SHOWTIME at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT.

Also in attendance Thursday and headlining SHOWTIME EXTREME action were four-time world champion Amanda Serrano looks to become the first female fighter and first Puerto Rican to win titles in five weight classes when she fights Dahiana Santana for a vacant 118-pound title. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT with unbeaten prospect Jose Miguel Borrego battling California’s John Delperdang.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.comwww.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:

ANDRE BERTO

“I started my career in New York and it feels great to be back here in New York. This is going to be a fantastic night of fights. I go a long way back with a lot these fighters up here. It’s tremendous to see these fighters still dialed-in and at this level. I’m the old vet in the group now.

“I’m still on top of my game. That’s something that’s hard to do. We had a tremendous camp. One of the best I’ve had in years. I was focused the whole time.

“I’m looking forward to putting those straps on just like they never left. I respect Shawn and his dad, but right now, they’re in the way.

“I’m going to show you what it is to go through adversity in life and make it to the top again. Saturday night, we’re going to make it happen.”

SHAWN PORTER

“When it’s time for the fight, Andre Berto and I are going to put on a show. I’ve seen this man get hit, I’ve seen him get put down and he got up. I know he can be hurt and I know he can be stopped, He’s a man just like me. He’s ready, but not as ready as me. You don’t want to miss it on Saturday night.

“The number one thing for me is to win this fight and show Keith Thurman that I’m ready for the rematch. There is nothing allowed but positive energy. We’re almost there. I’m definitely excited.

“Andre Berto is dangerous if you allow him to be. We do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen. I have no doubt in my mind that we won’t be in any danger on Saturday night.

“We saw during the Floyd fight that footwork can work against Andre Berto. Against Josesito Lopez we saw that you can box Berto, but you need to get out of the pocket. Against Victor Ortiz we saw that he got put down by Victor. The difference between Victor Ortiz and myself is that I’m a fighter who never stops. I’m coming after you.

“The jab will be a key to this fight. I can throw my jab a lot of different ways. You’ll see me using my jab a lot in this fight.

“Some people thought Garcia-Thurman lacked action, but I’m not worried about that for this one. I don’t condone boos. That’s just how I fight.”

JERMELL CHARLO

“I’m glad to finally have this opportunity. It’s been a long time coming. My coach has already scripted the way he wants this fight to go. I have to make it happen.

“I’m excited to announce that my brother Jermall will be working my corner. I’m really pumped to have him in there with me as my chief second for the first time.

“I don’t know what’s been happening with Charles Hatley’s team. But we’re here and we’re not going anywhere. I’ll never run from anybody.

“This is one of the best camps I’ve had in my life. I had some training in Los Angeles and then in Dallas with Derrick James. We’ve stepped it up in training working every day with Errol Spence.

“My brother and I aren’t getting the respect we deserve in this game. We’re still trying to prove a point and it’ll start on Saturday with this fight.

“This is the strongest and the fastest I’ve ever been. Hatley’s going to do what he’s got to do. We’ve got our team and I’m happy that my team is in this position.”

CHARLES HATLEY

“There’s a new sheriff in town. I’m thankful to everyone who got me this opportunity and made this happen. Now it’s party time. I’ve been working for this fight my whole life, not just for months.

“I’ve wanted Jermell for three years. There’s no other fight in boxing that I want more than this. We had a long camp and we never stopped working. I’m going to bring the best out of him and become the new champion.

“There’s nothing he can do to stop me from leaving the ring with that belt. I know I have all the skills. We’ve worked hard and I believe I have what it takes to beat Charlo and take his belt home.

“I’m going to give the fans a great show and give them something to remember. Once I clean Charlo off of the ground, I’ll get that respect.”

AMANDA SERRANO

“I’m extremely blessed to be in this position. I’m thankful to my whole team for getting me prepared and where I am right now. I trained really hard for this fight. Being a five-division world champion is a great accomplishment. I’m so ready for it.

“We struggled a little bit for this fight because it was for history. I left it in the ring every day. I want to be known as one of the best female fighters and one of the best Puerto Rican fighters in the history of the sport.

“I think our styles are going to match up well for the fans. I always want to leave the fans with something to talk about. Being in my hometown, it’s even more motivation to go put on a performance that everyone remembers.

“I’m glad that Santana took the challenge. It’s going to be a great war as long as it lasts. I had a war with Yazmin Rivas in January but I’m planning on making this an easier and quicker this time around.”

DAHIANA SANTANA

“I know that I’m going against a really good fighter who is a four-division champion. I’ve been training very hard to win this bantamweight title.

“I’ve trained very hard physically and mentally for this fight and I feel ready for a victory. I know that with the work we did in training, that I’ll be ready for anything Serrano brings into the ring.

“I’m thankful to SHOWTIME for airing a women’s fight and on Saturday we will give you a war at Barclays Center.”

JOSE MIGUEL BORREGO

“I’m very glad to have this opportunity. We’ve prepared very well and I know that me and my team are ready.

“I originally prepared for one opponent and now I’m facing someone I’m very familiar with so I think I will still be able to put on an explosive performance.”

JOHN DELPERDANG

“I’m really happy to be a part of this fight. I’m coming to win and I’m coming for the knockout. I know that a win puts me on a different level.

“Training camp has been incredible. We stayed ready this whole time and when the call came, we were ready to jump on it.”

RICHARDSON HITCHINS

“To be able to come back to the Barclays Center for a second time is an honor. Training camp was great and I’ve stayed in the gym. I’m ready to get back in there.

“There was no bigger stage than the Olympics in my eyes. Without Andre Berto, I would not be standing here as a 2016 Olympian and in the position I’m in as a pro.

“I hope everyone comes out for a great night. I’m going to put on a show and I know that all these other fighters are going to do the same.”

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

“This is going to be another sensational show at Barclays Center. SHOWTIME is really on a roll and they just came out with another slate of great shows. I’m proud to work with them on this fight.

“This main event doesn’t need a lot of hype. Two of the best guys in the division fighting to get in there with Keith Thurman and prove who the man is. Shawn almost succeeded against Keith in a fight he thought he won. Berto is a champion and there is no quit in him. This is going to be a war in the ring on Saturday night.

“Barclays Center has become the capital of New York boxing and one of the best boxing venues in the country. That is not by accident, but by design. Brett Yormark is not only doing good fights, but a series of good fights. He’s making sure there is a constant flow of good boxing coming into the building. Brooklyn Boxing is something with a great deal of momentum and Saturday night is another great example of what Brooklyn Boxing is.”

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive VP & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

“This is another great Barclays Center event and another night of championship level boxing on SHOWTIME. That’s what we have been doing all year, that’s what Barclays Center does and that’s what Lou DiBella does.

“Borrego and Delperdang are making their television debuts, which is a big milestone in their career. Amanda Serrano is fighting to make history. No one has done what she’s trying to do. Charles Hatley is fighting for a world title, which is something he’s spent his whole career trying to do. But Jermell Charlo is driven just as much. He’s spent his career getting here and he is driven to hold onto his title.

“Berto and Porter have never been in a boring fight. They’re fighting to get back to the top of the mountain. There is plenty at stake. You may be tempted to overlook this card, but this will be one of the strongest cards of the year, and you shouldn’t miss it.”

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Boxing’s Shawn Porter Shares Bond Beyond Sports with former NFL Star Randall Cunningham

Apr 20, 2017 0
  Boxing’s Shawn Porter Shares Bond Beyond Sports with former NFL Star Randall Cunningham

BOXING’S SHAWN PORTER AND FORMER NFL CHAMP RANDALL CUNNINGHAM SHARE A BOND BEYOND SPORTS

Pastor Cunningham’s Las Vegas Church is where Welterweight Star Draws Strength
Porter meets Andre Berto Saturday Night live at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT from Barclays Center on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING 
AS VEGAS (April 20, 2017) – The frequent conversations between Shawn Porter and Pastor Randall Cunningham rarely revolve around their athletic careers.
 
It comes as a surprise to those who are familiar with the athletic accomplishments of both men, but they both view their relationship as having a much higher significance.
 
“He doesn’t care about your status, doesn’t care about who you are,” Porter said. “All he cares about is you as a human being and as a Christian man.”
 
Saturday night, Porter takes on fellow former 147-pound world champion Andre Berto in the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing presented by Premier Boxing Champions, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT. And though Cunningham won’t be there in person, he and Porter’s entire extended family from Remnant Ministries in Las Vegas will be in his corner from afar.
 
Porter and the former NFL Pro Bowl quarterback connected not long after he and his father/trainer Kenny Porter moved to Las Vegas full-time in 2013. A bond was formed almost immediately between Shawn and Randall. Porter attends church multiple times a week and has also served as an usher at Remnant Ministries for more than two years now.
 
“I only knew Randall Cunningham from football – a little bit from the Philadelphia Eagles, but a lot from the Minnesota Vikings,” Porter said. “I didn’t know that he had his own church. I don’t care who you are, if you’re a good pastor, you’re a good pastor. From the moment I watched him preach, I fell in love with his style of preaching.”
 
The relationship is meaningful in both directions, as Cunningham has gone out of his way to take Porter under his wing.
 
“Treating him like my little brother, because I don’t have any little brothers, allows him to be on the same page as me,” Cunningham said. “I try to impart the wisdom with some of the things I went through as an athlete, as well.”
 
That type of wisdom is especially important for Porter as he enters maybe the most crucial fight of his career.
 
Saturday’s clash in Brooklyn is what many typically call a “crossroads fight” between two veterans who can’t afford to swallow another defeat.
 
Berto (31-4, 24 KO), at 33 years old, is making quite possibly the final push towards a world title in his career that began as a pro in 2004.
 
The 29-year-old Porter (26-2-1) is in the prime of his career and is ending a 10-month layoff after losing a razor-thin decision to Keith Thurman in last June. Thurman remained unbeaten and retained his WBA welterweight title. The Porter-Thurman fight was the 2016 PBC Fight of the Year, and a rematch is something no fight fan would object to seeing.
 
This could be the one hurdle Porter has to clear in order to make that rematch a reality, as this fight is an eliminator bout for the WBC welterweight belt that Thurman won after edging Danny Garcia via majority decision in March in a 147-pound unification bout. Everything Porter does at this point in his career is with the end goal in mind of becoming a two-time welterweight world champion.
 
Cunningham compares what Porter faces now to what he and his Philadelphia Eagles teammates stared down entering the NFL playoffs in 1992.
 
Despite massive individual success early in his tenure as the Eagles’ starting QB, including winning the Pro Football Writers Association MVP award in 1990, Cunningham’s postseason résumé was lacking, going 0-3 in the playoffs from 1988-90. In 1992, the Eagles finally broke through, netting the franchise’s first playoff victory in 12 years before bowing out against the eventual Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round.
 
Cunningham’s greatest postseason accomplishment came in 1998, taking the Vikings to the NFC title game, but he still speaks proudly of cutting through the built-up pressure in 1992 and finding a way to finally get that breakthrough win.
 
“A boxer can lose a certain number of matches, but then there comes a time where there’s that match where you just have to get that one,” Cunningham said. “Before he fights Berto, I’ll be able to tell him about the time we’d lost a couple of playoff games and things didn’t look good. We had to win. We got that victory, we all kept our jobs, got raises and things like that, just by getting that one victory. I think he’s at a point where he’s prepared to do that, and I think God is going to give him this one.”
 
And just for good measure, Pastor Cunningham and his entire Remnant Ministries family, which also includes former heavyweight world champion Leon Spinks and Hall of Fame referee Richard Steele, will have his back through prayer.
 
“We let Shawn be Shawn, we don’t treat him like a celebrity,” Cunningham said. “But when it’s time and he’s boxing? The whole church is praying for him. We let them know from the pulpit that we need to be covering Shawn.”
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CANELO ALVAREZ SAN DIEGO MEDIA WORKOUT

Apr 20, 2017 0
CANELO ALVAREZ SAN DIEGO MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

CANELO VS. CHAVEZ, JR. PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW
® SATURDAY, MAY 6 FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
(LEFT TO RIGHT: Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya pose at the House of Boxing in San Diego on April 19 during Canelo’s media workout ahead of his upcoming showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on May 6 in Las Vegas.)

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Photo Credit: Tom Hogan – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotion
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions

LOS ANGELES
(April 19, 2017) – Former two division world champion Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) today hosted a media workout at the House of Boxing in San Diego where he showcased strength and speed ahead of the upcoming showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) set for Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Below is what Canelo had to say at today’s workout alongside Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya.
CANELO ALVAREZ, Former Two-Division World Champion: 

“We have prepared very well for this fight. I feel fast and strong, and not having to drop so much weight will benefit me come fight night.
“Chavez, Jr. has gotten to this point because of his name; he lacks the discipline to be the best. He has had so many highs and lows in his career. I hope that he gets his act together and that we get the best Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in the ring on May 6. That is going to make the fight all the more action packed inside the ring. I don’t want any excuses.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
“The rivalry between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. goes back a while, and it’s felt by both teams. Both Chavez, Sr. and Jr., for some reason, don’t like Canelo. Perhaps it’s because he’s been the face of boxing for a while now. He’s going to carry boxing on his shoulders for many years to come. Or, maybe they don’t like Canelo because he’s getting more attention for this fight than Jr. is.
“Chavez, Sr. had his day just like mine. With Chavez, Jr. it can be his time on May 6, but he has to go out there and prove it in the ring. I strongly feel that Chavez, Jr. will be in great shape, the best shape of his life, come May 6 and therefore we’re going to get a great fight.
“I’m excited for May 6 because we’ve never seen a fight that’s dull or boring with two Mexican fighters. It’s going to be a great fight and that’s exactly what the sport needs.”
Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. is a 12-round fight presented by Golden BoyPromotions and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Adriana’s Insurance and Interjet.  Lemieux vs. Reyes is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Eye of the Tiger Management, Matthysse vs. Taylor is a 10-round fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Boxing and Star Boxing. Diaz, Jr. vs. Avila is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event will take place on Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the closed circuit telecast of Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr.are priced at $75, not including applicable fees. All seats are general admission and tickets are available for purchase at any MGM Resorts International box office or concierge desk. Tickets also can be purchased by phone with a major credit card at 800-745-3000.
HBO Sports presents a unique perspective and in-depth look at the highly anticipated May 6th pay-per-view showdown when CANELO/CHAVEZ JR.: A FIGHTING TRADITION debuts MONDAY, April 24 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO.
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PEREZ VS. LOPEZ OFFICIAL WEIGHTS AHEAD OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN SHOW TOMORROW, APRIL 2

Apr 20, 2017 0

PEREZ VS. LOPEZ OFFICIAL WEIGHTS AHEAD OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN SHOW TOMORROW, APRIL 2

PEREZ VS. LOPEZ
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Turning Stone Resort Casino
Verona, NY
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